Dredging project complete at the Port of Vinton

Dredging project complete at the Port of Vinton
(Source: Port of Vinton)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Port of Vinton officials say dredging operations near the mouth of the Vinton Navigation Channel has been completed.

“It has been more than seven years since any maintenance dredge work has been performed on the channel, and in that time, a naturally occurring ‘humping’ of sediment near the mouth of the channel has gradually represented a growing navigation issue on the waterway for shallow water maritime vessels and barges,” said Jerry Merchant, president of the Port of Vinton board of commissioners in a news release.

Merchant said that the Port of Vinton and its tenants offer a variety of specialized services that accommodate the expansion of our Southwest Louisiana regional economic development.

“Our expansion project would not have been possible without a parish $200,000 Economic Development Riverboat Gaming Fund grant and a parish $500,000 Road and Drainage Trust Fund grant awarded specifically through the drainage district for the dredging project,” Merchant added.

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